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Old 02-15-2014, 08:45 PM   #1
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Question Acer Aspire 5315 optical drive buzzing


I have an Acer Aspire 5315 and the optical drive makes a buzzing sound when ever I insert a CD in it. Sometimes, it is obnixously loud and sounds like it's ripping something appart (but it really isn't). Any ideas on how to fix it?

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* I tried Esc and it doesn't work.
* It's the stock drive.
* I even had this problem with Windows Vista (yeah, yeah I know. IT SUCKED!!!!!!!).

Thanks in advance
 
Old 02-16-2014, 02:00 AM   #2
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Sounds like a mechanical issue. Short of replacing it with a new one, I doubt there is a lot you can do about it.

Two important questions to consider are, 1) does it function correctly (read/burn ok) 2) does it damage any disks?
If it works fine and doesn't cause any damage to disks, don't worry too much. But if it damages disks or fails to read or burn disks then it needs replacing.
 
Old 02-16-2014, 02:45 PM   #3
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It reads and burns fine; I have to clamp it with my hand to get it to tone down (but not completely get rid of the noise). Do you think it is because of use, or it is just a problem with the model?
 
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instead of the Esc key is the code to open mine in terminal.
 
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It makes the buzzing sound when I am doing something with the CD. I don't want to eject it when I'm in the middle of copying/burning/reading it.
 
Old 02-17-2014, 12:54 AM   #6
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It reads and burns fine; I have to clamp it with my hand to get it to tone down (but not completely get rid of the noise). Do you think it is because of use, or it is just a problem with the model?
These devices are mass produced and made with some tolerance. The spindles are not perfectly balanced and that's what causes the vibration. Since the disks are also mass produced, they add to the off-balance situation.

Some models are worse than others in this respect, but even the better quality models sometimes have the odd noisy drive from a production run.

Wear and tear will eventually add to this as bushes and bearing wear down, so a drive that's seem a lot of use will likely be more problematic and eventually fail to read and write correctly.

You should also avoid using stick-on labels on your disks as it is virtually impossible to put those labels on so that they're perfectly centred.
 
  


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